Dimapur, November 8: The NSCN(IM) today clarified that there was no encounter whatsoever and recovery of arms and ammunitions by Manipur police is baseless.
It alleged that the Manipur Police has projected a fabricated story regarding the alleged shootout between the Manipur Police/Assam Rifles and NSCN cadres in Bishnupur district in Manipur on Saturday whereby two NSCN cadres, Jaiolen Chiru and Jenthaiangam Longmei were reported to be injured and hospitalized.
“What actually happened was that the Manipur police personnel along with the AR personnel came in civvies and surrounded the house where the NSCN members were staying and caught the NSCN members by surprise with a volley of indiscriminate firings, resulting in the injury of the two NSCN cadres. The two injured NSCN cadres were reportedly admitted to the hospital by the Manipur police awaiting their formal arrest upon recovery,” a press release issued by MIP, NSCN/GPRN stated.
It also said the allegations leveled by the Assam Police against NSCN member Khampai W and Khunghee Mikkam who were arrested last Friday in Tezpur, Assam is not factually correct.
It said they were never in possession of arms and ammos and have no connection with the ambush on Assam Rifles personnel in Nagaland as alleged by the Assam Police in the media.
Refuting the charges levelled against NSCN members, the NSCN(IM) asked the Manipur Police and Assam Police to refrain from inventing cooked up stories to suit their interest. (Page News Service)